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Mullan, W. G. Read



  • Existence: 1860 - 1910

Biographical Note

W. G. Read Mullan, Jesuit and president of Boston College.

Mullan was born in 1860 in Baltimore, Maryland. He entered Loyola College (1874) and the Jesuit Novitiate at Frederick, Maryland (1877), began his training in theology at Woodstock College (1888), and was ordained to the priesthood (1890). He served as Prefect of Studies at Fordham University, Superior of the Woodstock Scholastics, and professor at the College of the Holy Cross before his appointment as president of Boston College (1898-1903). At Boston College, Mullan was involved in the educational controversy concerning the exclusion of Boston College from approved institutions for admission to Harvard Univeristy Law School and remarks from Charles W. Eliot disparaging Jesuit institutions. After his presidency at Boston College, Mullan was Prefect of Fordham University, Georgetown University, and Loyola College. Mullan died in 1910.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

W. G. Read Mullan, SJ, President's Office records


The W. G. Read Mullan, SJ, President's Office records contain correspondence, clippings, and publications documenting Mullan's administration as the eleventh president of Boston College. The bulk of material relates to the educational controversy surrounding Harvard University administration's view of the academic standards at Boston College in particular, and Jesuit schools in general. Also included are documents about Boston College buildings and land purchases.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Dates: circa 1898-1930s; Majority of material found within 1898 - 1900